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Top of the POPs – ACV’s favourite Puerto Plata resorts

The previous stories in this Headliner have established that there’s a cornucopia of things to see and do when your clients choose to travel to the Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata with Air Canada Vacations. But they’ll also need a place to stay, eat, drink and play. With a wide range of all-inclusive properties in the destination, ACV has got that covered too.

In this story, we look at four key ACV resorts in POP. There are more, and every one of them has earned a place in ACV’s Sun brochure, but these are the linchpins of the program. Two of the four properties – The Grand Bahia Principe San Juan and the family-focused Sunscape Puerto Plata from AMResorts – are part of ACV’s Spotlight Collection, which identifies the most popular resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean among the more than 600 ACV offers each winter. Spotlight Collection resorts give your clients an additional 4,000 BONUS Aeroplan® Miles per couple on top of the Miles they already receive with any ACV package.

Be Live Collection Marien

Be Live Collection Marien

The other two featured properties – Be Live Marien Collection and Viva Wyndham Tangerine are members of ACV’s Play program, which offers amazing perks for family travellers. Kids aged 2-12 get to eat, play, and stay free, while enjoying dedicated pool areas or sections for children, as well as fun activities in supervised kids’ clubs. Another Play program perk: the flying experience is made smooth and seamless with pre-boarding for families.

Bookings at Be Live Marien Collection and Viva Wyndham Tangerine can also take advantage of the Play More program, introduced just last year, which delivers a lot of value for a little extra. For only $39 per adult and $19 per child, travellers get free seat selection at time of booking for every member of the family -- a value of $160 for a family of 4 or $40 per passenger. They also get a $10 inflight meal voucher per family member, on each leg of the trip. For a family of four, that’s a $240 value for just $116.

“High-quality, family-focused resorts like the four we are featuring here are available at a budget many families can reach,” says Dana Gain, Senior Director Sales, Groups and Partnerships for Air Canada Vacations. “They are great for groups too – weddings, family reunions and other gatherings, and with ACV all you need are eight participants to earn group benefits.

Here are a few more details on the featured Puerto Plata properties:

Grand Bahia Principe San Juan

Grand Bahia Principe San Juan

Grand Bahia Principe San Juan

We don’t have to tell you that Bahia Principe is one of the leading choices for Canadian sun-seekers. The Grand Bahia Principe San Juan is a medium-sized resort compared to sister the sister Bahia Principe complex in Punta Cana. It features 548 rooms in a series of three-storey buildings, along with five restaurants, six bars and four pools, including a kids’ pool.

Grand Bahia Principe San Juan is part of ACV’s Crystal Collection, which comes with the following exclusive added values:

  • 4 guaranteed à la carte dinners (reservations required)
  • 24-hour room service (light menu)
  • Concierge service with direct phone line
  • Separate check-in & check-out in a private lounge
  • Beach towels, bathrobes and slippers in room
  • Dedicated/Preferred room location
  • Spa treatment discount of 20% per adult
  • Weekly cocktail party for ACV clients

Sunscape Puerto Plata

Sunscape Puerto Plata

Sunscape Puerto Plata

As part of ACV’s Splash Collection, the family-focused Sunscape Puerto Plata offers much-appreciated privileges including private check-in, priority luggage delivery and a surprise gift for the kids. Your clients will also enjoy a preferred room location and early check-in/late checkout based on availability.

“If you’re travelling with a three-year-old, these things are like gold,” says Gain. “And they can really help agents sell the property, because they give peace of mind to the client.”

Nine restaurants and nine bars give Sunscape Puerto Plata ensure that guests can enjoy a range of flavours and a cooling beverage around every corner.

B Live Collection Marien

Family fun is central at this 584-room resort equipped with a dedicated children’s pool and a supervised club with kid-friendly activities. As well as the Play program perks described above, ACV guests enjoy bonus features including preferred room location, free WiFi and three guaranteed a la carte reservations.

The B Live Collection Marien offers seven restaurants, including six a la carte choices, and seven bars. There are two pools and a separate kids’ pool, and there’s a nightclub and casino for the adults. The property is popular as a wedding destination, and offers free or well-priced packages including the services of a wedding coordinator.

Viva Wyndham Tangerine

Just 30 minutes from the airport at POP, Viva Wyndham Tangerine is in the pleasant town of Cabarete, set on one of the world’s most-famous beachfronts for kitesurfing and kiteboarding. In fact, guests here get an introductory kiteboarding demonstration to help them get started.

Wyndham Tangerin

Viva Wyndham Tangerin

The intimate, 276-room Viva Wyndham Tangerine was fully renovated in 2016, giving it a fresh new look and feel. Gain says agents shouldn’t be intimidated by the 3.5-star rating (Be Live Collection Marien is 4.5 stars while Grand Bahia Principe San Juan and Sunscape Puerto Plata are given 4 stars by ACV.)

“It doesn’t have as many restaurants as some of the others – four, including Italian and Mexican specialties – which is why the rating is slightly lower. It’s not a reflection on the quality of the property. And it’s on an amazing beach,” Gain says.

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